The Disappearance


Ashley Nicole Summers

Presented By

Bonnie M. Wells

Ashley Nicole Summers

Date of Birth: 06/16/1993

Date Missing: 07/09/2007

Age at time of disappearance: 14

City Missing From: Cleveland

State Missing From: Ohio

Gender: Female

Race: White

Height: 5 ft 5 in

Weight: 130 lbs.

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Details From Project Jason:

Identifying Characteristics: Ashley has a tattoo of "Gene" and a heart on her right arm. There are unconfirmed reports that her hair may be cut short and dyed blonde.

Circumstances of Disappearance: She has been missing since July 6, 2007. At the time, she was living with a great-uncle on Holmden Ave. Ashley packed all her clothes and took them with her. Ashley is considered an endangered missing juvenile be cause of her age and the length of time she has been missing. FBI spokesman Scott Wilson said there is no indication of foul play, but it is possible she is being held against her will.

Investigative Agency: Cleveland Police Dept

Agency Phone: 216-623-5118

James Renner Posting / March 18, 2009

Big Willie, Big Trouble

One-man Crime Spree May Now Be

Linked To High-profile Disappearances

Eric Wilson, known on the streets of Cleveland as "Big" or "Big Willie," is best known for starting the gunfight that killed 12-year-old Asteve'e "Cookie" Thomas in September 2007. But by the time Cookie was murdered, Wilson already had a long history of kidnapping young women from the West Side and transporting them to the East Side, where they were raped and held captive.

Victims came forward when they saw his picture on the news after Cookie's murder, and last fall he was convicted of four counts of rape and two counts of kidnapping.

He's currently behind bars awaiting yet another rape trial.

As the search for mis-sing 15-year-old Ashley Summers continues, police and FBI have begun to wonder if Wilson was somehow involved in her disappearance. She left an apartment on Holmden Avenue on July 6, 2007, and has not been seen by her family since.

At that time, Wilson often crashed at a house on Holmden, just a few doors down from where Ashley was staying.

Ashley's disappearance was first treated as a runaway but is now assumed to have been an abduction, possibly connected to the more well-known West Side kidnappings of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, according to investigators. In a surreal twist that speaks to the progress of cheap technology, Ashley's story was "tweeted" by Ashton Kutcher and M.C. Hammer last week. Anyone with real information on Ashley's whereabouts can contact the feds at 216.522.1400. - James Renner

Have You Seen Ashley Summers?

by David Lay


If you’ve been reading the Observation Deck lately, you’ve probably noticed concerned grandparent Linda Summers’ posts about her missing granddaughter, Ashley Summers. Ashley disappeared July 6, 2007, and hasn’t returned home.

The media has, for the most part, ignored the story, since Ashley isn’t from an affluent suburb, according to local crime writer/Scene contributor James Renner, known for his investigative work on the Amy Mihaljevic case. “If she’d been a cute young little girl from a rich suburb, you’d know her name. She’d be all over the news. Maybe even on Nancy Grace. But 15-year-old Ashley Summers was from the near-West side of Cleveland, from a ramshackle house on Holmden Avenue where the lawn has been overrun by little kids and dogs.” The local media put out the family’s press release, but hasn’t bothered to speak with the family, nor have any of the outlets broadcasted any follow-up stories.

According to the latest information posted on Renner’s blog, The Coldest Cases, Ashley was living with a great-uncle on Holmden Avenue, in a dangerous neighborhood, at the time of her disappearance. Eric “Big Willie” Wilson was a known frequenter of the area at the time. Wilson has been in the news as the man who shot 12-year-old Cookie Thomas, who got caught up in the gunfire from a botched drug deal. Wilson went on the lam and was captured in Montana. He was found guilty last year of kidnapping and raping a woman, who escaped, in 2004.

Ashley has multiple MySpace profiles with last logins within 2 weeks of her disappearance, but here’s where the power of the Internet still comes in: After Ashley’s story was posted to social networking site Twitter, the news spread like wildfire, thanks to celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. All 3 posted a link to Mrs. Summers’ post on the Observation Deck, setting a surge of traffic that logged over 10,000 views on the discussion thread. Mr. Kutcher took it a step further and posted the information on Ashley from the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office website.

Renner also brings up another twist: Ashley was known to frequent the McDonald’s on Lorain and the area where Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Berry went missing. Also, Berry’s family got a call after Amanda disappeared, from a man who said she was alive and safe. Ashley’s family received a similar call after she disappeared. Could all three disappearances be linked?

If you have any information on Ashley’s whereabouts, please contact the Cleveland Fugitive Task Force at 216-522-1400, the Cleveland Police Department’s First District at 216-623-5118, the FBI Cleveland Field Office at 216-522-1400, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST. A reward is available.

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